For the first time since 1998, Halifax hosts a key Davis Cup match, with Canada’s men’s tennis team meeting Colombia on an indoor hard court on September 12 and 13—the first time professional tennis has come to Scotiabank Centre (née Metro Centre).
“Our team is extremely excited to play this tie in Halifax in September,” says Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau in a press release. “We love…getting the crowd behind us and we know that is what we will need in order to win.”
The Davis Cup is tennis’s largest annual international team competition, with 122 countries taking part in 2014. The competition began in 1900. Canada started the season in the World Group for the third consecutive year. They played their first round in February against Japan in Tokyo. Injuries to Canada’s top two singles players, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ontario) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver), contributed to a 4-1 loss, forcing Canada to play this World Group play-off match-up.
Participating players weren’t finalized at press time; in the recent match with Japan, the Canadian selection included Raonic, Pospisil, Daniel Nestor and Frank Dancevic and Peter Polansky. Canada must win in September to remain in the Davis Cup World Group for 2015. A loss would relegate them back to Americas Zone Group I for next year where they have not played since 2011.
Colombia advanced out of the Americas Zone Group 1 to reach the World Group play-offs after a 4-1 victory over Dominican Republic in April. Colombia boasts three top-100 players in Santiago Giraldo, Alejandro Falla, and Alejandro Gonzalez along with a current top-10 doubles team in Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.